Last week Autozone eventually found my seal that was ordered in June. When the guy brought it into the shop, he could not remember what he quoted me, I acted stoopid and said he better go check his books. That seemed to be too much trouble, and we settled on a price of R24.
It's a Partquip Seal, and me and Partquip have not had a good relationship, so I hope this is going to work.
But I am back to my original question that started this thread, or at least one of them. I know Brett has confirmed here that I can just pull the pinion nut, replace seal and bash it back together to the old mark, but I lent my ears out to some of the Community forum guys, who tell me that there is no way that I am going to get everything back perfectly to line up the crownwheel and pinion again, and will end up with a whining/humming. Some even say that many diff places will not do this job unless they replace the crownwheel and pinion as well
So here I am, needing some assurance/positive and re-assuring talk, from the guys that know, that I am not going to screw this diff up.
I have the seal, I have a 32 Socket, and can get my hands on a wheel puller, if need be. But the garage stays locked till I know this operation stands a fair chance of being completed with success.
Can someone please just come tell me I am going to be OK